Profile: Phillip H Howard

Associate Professor

Philip H. Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. He is the author of Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat? (2016, Bloomsbury Academic). He is president of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society from 2015 to 2016, and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.
His research interests focus on exploring food system changes, particularly trends of industry consolidation, and their impacts on sustainability. He uses visualization extensively in his research and outreach, including characterizing levels of economic concentration in industries such as processed organic foods, beer, wine and seeds. The visualizations have been featured in numerous outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, GOOD, The Ecologist, E-The Environmental Magazine, and Mother Earth News.

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Beer Giants Struggle with Craft Beer Craze

Anheuser-Busch InBev, brewer of Budweiser, Stella Artois and more than 200 other brands, is already the largest beer maker in the world, controlling more than 20% of global sales. It may soon get a lot bigger: this week it reportedly plans to bid for its closest rival, SABMiller, in a deal that could create a company worth some US$275 billion.

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